Make these super easy DIY cork sailboats to add to your summer beach decor. I used red, white, and blue and added them to a Patriotic Basket that I made for the 4th of July.
This is a fun craft and great for adults and teens. I used cotton fabric and red and blue bakers twine I had in my craft bin. The blue ribbon came from the dollar store.
Feel free to use any ribbon and scrap fabric you have on hand and add nautical touches with buttons or paint the cork base!
- 7 corks
- String or baker twine
- Cotton scrap fabric for the sail
- 2 sticks for the sail (I used a tree branch roughly 8″ long)
- A ruler or straight-edge
- Hot glue gun
- Ribbon or decorations (optional)
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How to Make a DIY Cork Sailboat – 4 Easy Steps
STEP 1: Hot Glue Corks together
Make the base of the sailboat by hot-gluing two sets of three corks together along the sides.
Then hot glue all seven corks together and wrap them with decorative string or twine and set aside.
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STEP 2: Glue Sticks for The Sail
Hot glue the two sticks together that will be used to support the sail. Wrap them with string or twine for extra support as shown below.
STEP 3: Make a Fabric Sail
Lay the support sticks for the sail onto the fabric to use as a template. Use a straight edge or ruler and make a line from the top of your stick (top of the sail) to the corner and cut out your sails with fabric scissors.
Your fabric should look like this, two 90-degree triangles.
STEP 4: Assemble
Hot glue your stick to the cork base first, then add the fabric sail.
Glue the fabric to the bottom stick but just tack it at the top so it looks open at the center. Decorate with a colorful sting at the top or add a tiny flag or ribbon.
Here’s a photo of my finished sailboats in a Patriotic basket I made for the 4th of July. If you’d like to check out that DIY to make the basket, you can link to it here –> DIY Patriotic Basket.
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